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ABC
Dec 27, 2012 5:30am EST
any hope of avoiding the fiscal cliff. congressional officials say no negotiations have been set and without an agreement, automatic tax increases for everyone and deep cuts will be triggered in the new year. the main dispute continues to be over raising taxes. >>> news time right now 5:47. starbucks will tackle the fiscal cliff one cup at a time. the ceo how old shut wants workers in the -- howard schultz wants workers in the d.c. area store to write come together on the coffee cups they serve today and tomorrow. he says it's the company's way of respectfully telling politicians they need to find common ground. >> if people would get in the room and lee their ego behind and not be so skewed towards the party but be so sensitive to the lens of the american people, we will have an agreement. >> now this is just a suggestion from the ceo of starbucks. and employees won't be forced to write anything but a customer's name on the cup. >>> news around the nation this morning, hawaii's governor announced lieutenant governor will fill the u.s. senate seat vacated by the death of daniel i
ABC
Dec 27, 2012 6:30am EST
a that doesn't mean they're any closer to a deal avoiding the fiscal cliff. congressional officials say they have no significant strides toward a compromise from the long christmas break. and they had no negotiations or meetings set right now. without an agreement, automatic tax increases for everyone and deep spending cuts will be trig everyday in the new year. -- triggered in the new year. the main dispute continues over who gets taxed and exactly how much they will be taxed. >>> ? less than two hours you can gamble around the clock. maryland live casino is now getting ready to open the doors and they will never close once that happens. own 24/7 and abc2 news linda so is live this morning at the casino and linda, are you playing yet? >> reporter: no, not yet. you said it yourself. it all happens at 8:00. you know it's never going to look this quiet again. because when they open those doors this morning at 8:00, this place as you said will be open every day of the week, 24 hours a day. this is the first casino in maryland to do so to tell us more about it this morning the general m
ABC
Dec 27, 2012 6:00am EST
of avoiding the fiscal cliff. congressional officials say they don't have any significant strides to a compromise. it didn't happen during the long christmas break and there are no negotiations currently on the books. without an agreement, automatic tax increases for everyone and deep spending cuts specifically to defense will go into effect on january 1st. the main dispute remains over who are you going to tax and how much. >>> three minutes after 6:00 right now. and get ready to gamble all hours of the night and day because at 8:00 this morning, maryland live casino will open their doors and they are going to stay open for 24 hours a day from now on. abc2 news linda so is live at the casino this morning with what we can expect. linda, good morning. >> reporter: hi, good morning. it all happens about two hours at 8:00 this morning. they will be opening the doors for good opening 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. and exciting day here it's never going to look like this with nobody here ever again. joining us this morning is the general manager here at maryland live casi
FOX Business
Dec 27, 2012 6:00pm EST
: breaking news in the fiscal cliff tonight, fox news reporting there'll be a meeting of congressional leaders with the president tomorrow. we don't have a time confirmed, but in being with congressional leaders on hand will be the president, mitch mcconnell, the minority leader in the senate and of course harry reid, the majority leader. earlier reports of this story had it john boehner would be on hand, but john boehner is not even in washington, d.c., and a spokesperson told us they haven't been invited. so figure that out. who will follow as it continues to break but right now a meettng with congressional leaders on the fiscal cliff with the president on hand tomorrow, friday, and we will shirk over that. i put different topic. even if you aren't a frequent flyer, my next guest says you can enjoy the perks of being one. like being upgraded to first class and it is not as hard as you think. now, rick, have waited for this segment for the whole show because i wanted that elite status but i don't fly enough to really earn it. so tell me, how can i get that elite status without doing all the w
PBS
Dec 26, 2012 4:30pm PST
congressional leaders cut their vacations short, to deal with fiscal cliff negotiations. they have five days to make a deal. and housing continues to be the bright spot in the u.s. economy: home prices post their biggest advance in two years. that and more tonight on "n.b.r."! christmas may be over, but the holiday shopping season continues. many consumers hit the malls today to return gifts and buy what they really wanted. and this is the time many gift cards get redeemed. but for retailers, holiday sales so far have been a flop. sales in the two months leading up to christmas, rose just 0.7%, according to mastercard advisors that tracks the numbers. that's way below what the retail industry was predicting. erika miller spoke with retail expert dana telsey and began by asking what happened. >> i think there were a confluence of events, extra long season. hurricane sandy. tragedy in ct. >> none of the events out there were feel good factor events. it was all for consumer morale. >> when you look at the weakness this holiday season, how much of the blame do you put on retailers for not having in
FOX
Dec 26, 2012 5:00pm PST
inching closer to the so-called fiscal cliff. we spoke to congressional staffers today, why they believe politicians will allow the country to go over the cliff before making a deal. >>> officials in newtown, connecticut, plan to use the flowers, letters and other mementos sent by the public as part of the memorial. they will stay up until after new year's as residents and visitors pay their respects to the shooting victims at sandy hook elementary school. residents yesterday took turns monitoring candles that had been lit on christmas eve, one candle for each of the vils. >>> this los angeles today, gun owners could swap weapons for groceries. gun owners were asked to come with unloaded weapons in the trunks of their vehicles in exchange for a $100 gift certificate for groceries. they got a $200 gift certificate if they turned in a so-called assault weapon of the buy-back program happens in the spring but was moved up this year because of the school shooting in connecticut. >> a newspaper that covers two counties north of new york city is at the sfr of a controversy after it pos
MSNBC
Dec 27, 2012 8:00am PST
fiscal cliff. >>> the president gets set to land in washington this hour. there's new word that the president has called all four congressional leaders. reid, mcconnell, boehner and pelosi. . joining me to talk more, we have peter alexander standing by at the white house as well as nbc's mike viqueira on capitol hill. some verbal smackdown, basically flipping the lights back on and harry reid taking to the floor to eviscerate speaker boehner. >> the sad part is you often seen the floor opened that way. mitch mcconnell being later today. i'm sure we'll hear something later. to hear it two days after christmas and a matter of days before we go through the fiscal cliff, obviously not encouraging. harry reid says time is running hout. he doesn't know if they could go through the legislative hurdles. if they have the votes around here, they can legislate the sky is green and the grass is blue. that's not an issue. what harry reid is really saying is mitch mcconnell, get on board, don't try to filibuster. of course they're talking about a bill that had raise capital on couples making more than $250,000 a year, and do a few other nuts and b
FOX News
Dec 27, 2012 3:00pm PST
president and key congressional leaders. >> thank you. if the fiscal cliff can be avoided there is another gigantic hurdle awaiting the lawmakers. >> they will hit the credit limit of $16.4 trillion on december 31. the nation thereafter can't pay the bills unless congress raises the limit. >> with a new congress in january we need to revisit an finally give ourselves the determination to solve not only our short-term debt but the long-term debt. >> they raised the debt limit 11 times in a decade. most recently in august 2011 after a bruising political fight. democrats accuse republicans of using the debt limit as political "leverage" to press for spending cuts. a point they tried to make with a jarring comparison. >> this is somewhat to taking your child hos tam and saying i'll shoot my child if you don't do what i want done. you don't want to shoot your child. no leader wants to default on the debt. >> they said there is breathing room and the treasury department will take extraordinary measures authorized by law. that will create head room under the debt limit. under normal circumstances
CBS
Dec 27, 2012 12:00pm PST
called congressional leaders before he left hawaii searching for a way to avoid the "fiscal cliff." danielle nottingham is in washington where it appears little progress is being made. >> reporter: president obama and the senate cut short their holiday vacations to work out a last-minute deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff." they have less than five days to come to agreement before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in. senate majority leader harry reid has a plan to let tax cuts expire for households making more than $250,000 a year along with short-term spending cuts instead of the long-term cuts that would happen if there is nodule. >> the american people are waiting for the ball to drop but it's not going to be a good drop because americans' taxes are approaching the wrong direction. >> reporter: negotiations between president obama and house republican leaders stalled last week. the house is now leaving it up to the democratic-controlled senate to solve the problem before the new year deadline. in addition to the "fiscal cliff," treasury secretary timothy geithner warned congress t
PBS
Dec 26, 2012 7:00pm PST
prevent the economy from falling over the fiscal cliff next week. no specific bill is on the schedule in the senate or the house, and house republicans haven't yet called their members back to washington. and hopes for a deal by the december 31 deadline are fading. darren gersh reports. >> reporter: the odds of avoiding the fiscal cliff did not get any better over the holiday. staff discussions continue, but there were few signs much, if anything has been accomplished. the house isn't even scheduled to return to washington yet, leaving it up to the senate to act. >> this is a senate that is incredibly divided, hopelessly partisan, requires 60 votes to do anything and somehow, we are going to be relying on them to in five days, come up with a compromise which is acceptable where a compromise wasn't acceptable in four years. >> reporter: it now looks like some kind of fall over the cliff is the likeliest scenario. and depending on how long it lasts, it could signal a prolonged fight over the debt limit that could spook markets again in february. >> the republicans are going to be defeated
KICU
Dec 26, 2012 7:00pm PST
to congressional staffers i talked with today is to allow the country to go over that fiscal cliff. that would allow hard lying republicans to have lower taxes. >> to apiece voters. great. >> so called it low form of chay in an begans. >> i think it would be horrible. i think i don't think it's fair to the american people. >> with 2 million people on the verge of losing their unemployment benefits, there are too many lives at stake if we don't get it before the end of the year. >> the ceo of star, bucks is sending a message. writing come together on the coffee cups they serve on thursday and friday. urging a compromise on fiscal cliff negotiations. >>> the city of san francisco may pay employees to stay healthy. a group of government employees consider to be the healthiest. of that group, two-thirds were overweight. now city leaders in san francisco are considering a plan to give direct incentives to employees for being healthy. it would save the city money in the long run. >> a request for a waiver of the no child left behind law. the goals are unreelistic and flawed. to evaluate
LINKTV
Dec 27, 2012 5:30am PST
to washington for the fiscal cliff talks. without a deal, budget cuts and tax rises will automatically start on january 1. a senior congressional reporter with the american news service "politico," says while he is doubtful they will strike a deal before next year, obama and democrats have the upper hand. >> they know that the polls are on their side, that a majority of americans would blame the republicans for the failure, and they know that -- they say president obama was just reelected on a mandate to raise taxes on the stockton% of income earners and the republican party is dead set against tax increases. -- on the top 2% of incoming earners. he wants to raise taxes on folks making more than a million dollars, but that was not enough for democrats and that was too much for lot of republicans. the republicans in the house are the ones who endangered the speaker's efforts to cut a compromise deal. the democrats know that they are the ones that have the upper hand in the fight and if we go into the new year, a new congress will be sworn in. democrats will have more seats in the house and the senate and they feel they will have a better
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 6:00am PST
boehner for the stall in talks on fiscal cliff. dana bash is our congressional correspondent. it just seems like this is the blame game. the house speaker would blame the president, the senate majority leader would blame the house speaker. who is to blame in all this? >> everybody is, carol. it's the blame game. i'm a little surprised at how personal harry reid just got in going after the speaker. it is true that things have clearly broken down, that goes without saying, and that the democrats were not happy that maybe a week and a half ago the speaker pulled out of talks with the president after they had reached a pretty good amount of progress. but the fact that he called the speaker a dictator and in the next breath said he's worried about his job, it's a little contradictory, but very personal. let me give you a little bit of a reality check. that is it is true that the house is not in session. they will come in quickly at 2:00 in a pro formal way and house republican leaders have told members they will give them 48-hours notice and that hasn't happened yet. but senator reid and d
ABC
Dec 27, 2012 2:35am EST
of congress return to washington to address the fiscal cliff. talks will take place behind closed doors. no public negotiations set. you have the debt and the fiscal cliff. it's not looking too good right now when it comes to the u.s. economy. >> geithner told congressional leaders that his department is using some accounting measures basically a fancy way of saying they're going to free up cash to hold off temporarily this fiscal cliff. but it's still not looking good. >> i don't know about you at home, but kicking the can down the road has been happening over and over again. somebody has to make some decisions here. >> it's like in this business, they give you a deadline and you have to hit the deadline. there's no coming in and saying take another ten minutes. it don't work that way in real life. there are americans out there saying get off your couches. get back to washington and get the deal done. >> sometimes it's not pretty when you have to rush, but get it done. >>> still on the economy now, new signs of a turn around in the real estate market. for the first time since 2006, average housing prices may end the year on an upward trend. good news there for the economy. real estate prices in 20 cities were up 4.3% in october compared to last year. that's not
NBC
Dec 27, 2012 6:00pm EST
proposal from the president. >> economists have warned that failure to address the fiscal cliff could send our country back into recession. maryland live! casino now open 24-7. before they closed at 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. on friday and saturday. but this morning the anne arundel location , that stores for the very last time. >> they unlocked at 8:00 and there was a waiting line to get in. this is all early buzz for the 24-hour operation. before now, the casino had to close its doors, but not any more. and adult beverages here are now sold around-the-clock. >> 24 hours a day -- all day long, all night long, all year long. we are pretty excited about that. >> i think it is great. it will bring more revenue into the stage. i think it is win-win. >> i think it is great. it makes it more like vegas. >> this comes before a big night of the year for the entertainment industry -- new year's eve. maryland live! expects to do well on its own and to draw crowds from nearby bars and restaurants that have to close early. >> we will have the full menu. we invite you to come by. >> we're in p
KRON
Dec 27, 2012 7:00am PST
to be headed over the so-called fiscal cliff because of a lack of progress in the partbipartisan talks. >> reed stressed it is up to congressional vote is to come up with a plan that both houses would pass and president obama would sign. >> for decades and decades the american people have watched the ball drops in times square. the countdown to midnight. this year the american people are waiting for a ball to drop but not a good ball. americans' taxes are approaching the wrong direction. come the first of this year, americans will have less income they have today. if we go over the cliff, it looks like that is or where headed. the house of represent is as we speak has four days left after today. they are not here. the speaker has not told in the they have 48 hours notice. >> if i cannot imagine their consciousness. we are here trying to get something done. >> if nothing is done the bush era tax-cut expire at the end of the year. plus a 2% payroll tax how they will expire as well. >> the american family will release 4% more their paycheck to taxes if no deal is reached by the end of the year. >> also sharp spending cuts will kick in.
ABC
Dec 27, 2012 5:00pm EST
. the house has already passed legislation to avoid the entire fiscal cliff. democrats have not. the president returned to washington today for a last minute push before leaving vacation in hawaii he had separate phone talks with congressional leaders but it's not clear that those talks helps. washington's failure to avoid the cliff threatens to undermine the recovery as americans face big tax hikes, adding to the mess the treasurey department is warning that the government will soon be unable to pay its bills. the house republican leaders say they will take action on whatever bill the senate can pass but the senate must act first. abc news washington. >> now for more on the fiscal cliff and what it could mean for your pay we have you covered. just head to the home page, slide show for a break down of what difference situations in washington could mean for your bank account. >>> and we are working for you with only four days left in the year it's a good time to talk about the maryland homestead tax credit application deadline one more time. the credit is used to help off set increase in your state property taxes. that would happen if your home's assessed value jump but it's only supposed to go for primary residents. the state legis
NBC
Dec 27, 2012 6:30pm EST
fiscal cliff? in a highly unusual move, lawmakers are being called back to work during this holiday week. but if today was any indication, it doesn't appear congressional leaders are ready to play nice, as they continue to play the blame game and point fingers at each other. meanwhile, many americans are feeling high anxiety, knowing those automatic spending cuts and tax hikes will impact every single one of us if there is still no deal by monday night. we begin our coverage with nbc's capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, natalie. the mood here really feels like resignation, that the fiscal cliff deadline will come and go, and no agreement reached. democrats and republicans say they want progress, but there is nothing to report. but there are plenty of recriminations about which party is to blame. the president left his family in hawaii to return to washington. with the help of the economy and a bank account of every american family on the line. but the back and forth bickering continues. >> the only people in america who don't think taxes should be raised on the ridge are the republicans who work in this
MSNBC
Dec 27, 2012 10:00am PST
. five days to go until the fiscal cliff deadline. john boehner holding a press conference. what might they be talking about? president obama returned to washington today after speaking with all four congressional leaders yesterday. we'll have a live update from the white house and from capitol hill. plus, congresswoman bass and congressman pascrell join me live and the decision to sign a controversial bill that bans americans from adopting russian children. details on that straight ahead on "news nation." because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. start saving at citi.com/pricerewind.
FOX News
Dec 27, 2012 10:00am PST
over the fiscal cliff. it's all but guarantee. she progression congressional correspondent mike emanuel joins us now for. the president and the senators are in washington. that would appear to be a good sign, is that correct? reporter: yes and no. the tone publicly has not been very good so far. we know that the president obama, on the way back from hawaii, worked the phones a bit, talking to the top four congressional leaders. speaker boehner, nancy pelosi, mitch mcconnell, and harry reid. earlier today, the senate majority leader sounded frustrated with the republicans in congress. >> nothing can move forward unless speaker boehner and mitch mcconnell are willing to come up with a bipartisan plan to participate. speaker boehner is unwilling to negotiate. we have not heard a word since neither mcconnell. nothing has happened. >> i should note that senator reid was due for a news conference later this afternoon. that has since been canceled. perhaps the senate majority leader has decided to do his talking behind closed doors and hammer out a deal. greg: filled with metaphors, no
PBS
Dec 26, 2012 6:00pm PST
, to deal with fiscal cliff negotiations. they have five days to make a deal. and housing continues to be the bright spot in the u.s. economy: home prices post their biggest advance in two years. that and more tonight on "n.b.r."! christmas may be over, but the holiday shopping season
PBS
Dec 27, 2012 12:00am PST
congressional leaders cut their vacations short, to deal with fiscal cliff negotiations. they have five days to make a deal. and housing continues to be the bright spot in the u.s. economy: home prices post their biggest advance in two years. that and more tonight on "n.b.r."! christmas may be over, but the holiday shopping season continues.
FOX Business
Dec 27, 2012 9:20am EST
leaders today to discuss the fiscal cliff and what we have got is a political attack from senator harry reid, a defensive move from the republicans, they're going at it and the dow is down 91 points. >> mel brooks at the governor says we have to save our phony baloney jobs. they are not. stuart: we have new numbers just out showing the number of workers on disability, social security disability, has hit a record high, 827,725 as of dec.. joining us is the author of hollywood hypocrites'. we have got social security, record number of people on disability, record deficit for social security, $47 billion a year, almost $1 billion a week flowing out more than coming in and young people, you voted for no change to entitlement, keep on paying for old people. what is going on? >> that is right. jasey told us to vote for barack obama. the irony is many young people look at social security and may know it is not going to be around for them in the future. they are not planning their lives and certainly not their retirement banking on social security solvency. the problem is you have the rep
ABC
Dec 27, 2012 5:00am EST
cliff. president barack obama is on his way back to washington from his vacation -- he's expected to arrive in d.c. later this morning. congress is back in the nation's capitol trying to hammer out a deal. congressional officials say they don't know if any significant strides toward a compromise will take place. or going to happen before new year's and without an agreement automatic tax increases for everyone and deep spending cuts especially to defense. they go intoe penalty in 2013. the main dispute remains over taxes. who should be taxed? and when. >>> well, people may be mixed on the feelings for president obama. his wifes seems to have no problem charming the public. according to a new poll released yesterday the first lady has a 73% approval rating. secretary of state hillary clinton also pretty popular with 66% approving of her job performance. a little more than half of the people asked feel that both president obama and vice president joe biden are doing a good job. >>> just a few hours you will be able to gamble any time of the day that you want. >> maryland live casino is getting ready to open its doors and once that happens they're going to remain open 24/7. >> abc2 news linda so is there this morn
CBS
Dec 27, 2012 5:00am PST
final effort to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff." with just five days left until the deadline and no sign of a compromise, congressional leaders are urging the senate to consider a bill that's already passed in the house that would extend existing tax cuts. >>> the us treasury department says it will start taking steps to postpone the government from hitting the $16.4 trillion debt limit the money the government can spend to finance its operations. >>> toyota will pay the biggest sum of money ever recorded for a car defect. the proposed $1 billion settlement will resolve a class action lawsuit for hundreds of toyota owners who claim unintended acceleration problems caused numerous crashes, injuries and even some deaths. >>> and chicago wins the dubious award of having the nation's most expensive metered parking. starting on new year's day parking meters in downtown chicago will cost $6.50 an hour up from $5.75. the city leased the meters to a private company for 75 years for the bargain price of more than $1 billion. >> thank you, erica ferrari, cbsmoneywatch.com. >> i love san francisco even more now. you have to have a credi
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 8:00am PST
regarding that fiscal cliff. here's what will happen if no deal is reached. the economy could fall into a recession. that's been widely reported. the congressional budget office forecasts a drop of .5% in the real gross domestic product and a 9.1% unemployment rate by the end of next year. markets in the u.s. and around the world could take a hit. right now the dow is down almost 100 points. no santa clauz rally this year. managing director of the boston consulting group joins me from chicago. great to see you. happy holidays. let's talk about the effect on the economy. i think it's important to point out that it if no deal is reached by january 1st, some things will take effect right away. 2% increase in payroll taxes. no more unemployment benefits for 2 million americans. others will take a little longer to take effect. having said that, what will be the impact on the economy long-term, do you think? >> i think you have to look at this more than as a fiscal cliff but as a fiscal slide. what we're doing is we're beginning a slide and we're going to slide slowly if we don't do something by february we'll have a debt limit crisis that will also cause us
MSNBC
Dec 27, 2012 1:00am PST
just about taxes. bernanke called it the fiscal cliff. usually federal reserve chairman are not that quippy. the economic institute policy said not a cliff, not a slope, it's a fiscal obstacle course with a fiscal climbing wall, maybe a rope swing. first one to fall off the log gets voted off the island. i like to call it the austerity crisis because i think it's accurate. but at a point i gave up on that and stopped trying to make fetch happen. you can call it the austerity bomb the point is, whatever you call it, it's bad. nobody has suggested happy economic fun time because it would not be a happy economic fun time. the question is, how bad it will actually be. even with the clock running down, even if the clock runs out. the federal government has a great deal of control over how much paint is spilt by whom and when. the fiscal cliff could hurt a little or a lot. at least in the short run. that is up to the government and the choices the government makes for the first weeks or month or two at least. for instance, the irs, the internal revenue service can decide what to do about h
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 1:00pm PST
to put on some kind of an agreement and as we go over the fiscal cliff, both sides seem to be working hard to do that. the president spoke with congressional leaders from hawaii last night and tried to get a sense of where we are and now it's sort of sits in the hands of the senate and the house comes back into session on sunday before they could get it through in the final 24 hours before we all go over that cliff. >> so what's the role of the president into all of this? i mean, what do you expect from him in the coming days and what is he doing to get this resolved? >> reporter: well, the rule he could play sl he could bring the leaders together, either here at the white house and try to get them to some agreement or just gentleman cajole them privately on the phone and urging them to some middle ground but the other thing is the bully pull pit. he used that very effectively in the payroll tax fight, lobbying the american people to urge congress to take ak. with such little time, we're not sure if it can have much of an effect and given what senator mcconnell said today, we're not sure how much room there is really to negotiate. here's a little
CBS
Dec 27, 2012 6:00am PST
- board tax increases and spending cuts threaten to send our committee over the so- called "fiscal cliff." today the president heads back to washington to try to strike a deal with lawmakers. congressional leaders are urging the senate to consider a bill that is already passed in the house that would extend existing tax cuts. >> meantime, the us treasury department says it will start taking steps to prevent the government from hitting the $16.4 trillion debt limit. >> new evidence the job market is improving. over the past month, the number of people seeking first-time unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level since 2008. the labor department says weekly applications fell 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000. but experts warn the christmas holiday may have disrupted the figures. >>> and chicago wins the dubious award of having the nation's most expensive metered parking. starting new year's day park meters in downtown chicago will cost $6.50 an hour. that's up from $5.75. the city leased the meters to a private company for 75 years for the bargain price of more than $1 billion. back to you. >> so that's 50 bucks if you are there for 8 hours. what a bargain huh? [ laughter ] >> report
FOX Business
Dec 27, 2012 11:00am EST
scramble to get a fiscal cliff deal done. rich edson has the latest. rich: they are considering legislation here in the senate today. president obama says he called to talk to congressional leaders, democrats and republicans, last evening. there is no progress here to report. president obama put it all on the house. >> they are operating without the house of representatives. it is being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker, not allowing the vast majority to get what they want. if the 250 would be brought up, it would pass overwhelmingly speaking that 250 he is discussing that would keep tax rates where they are for income amount for less than $250,000 increased those earning more. house speaker says senator reed should talk less and legislate more. senate democrats have not. they want to extend all the current tax rates and avoid some of the spending cuts. democrats are on their opening offer. they basically have not moved anywhere. there is less than a week to go. >> senator reid talking about a less than $250,000 limit. speaking right. exactly. liz: more on the fiscal cliff. let's bring in peter. with us is former clinton advisor doug shoen. we have basically mr. boehne
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 4:00am EST
fiscal cliff, of course and, oh, yes, the debt ceiling, too. treasury secretary tim geithner says the u.s. will hit the $16.4 debt ceiling on monday. in a letter to congressional leaders, geithner says treasury will take steps to save the government $210 in order to delay a potential default until sometime in february. geithner says it's difficult to predict a time frame. among the measures treasury will take, helping investments in the federal government employee pension fund. that might create a few more problems down the road. >>> now, president obama is arriving back in washington today after cutting short his christmas vacation in hawaii. congress is back in town, but aides say little progress was made over the holiday on a potential deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. the senate is due in session today, but the house has no plans to reconseen. last week, house speaker john boehner said it was up to democrats that would likely freeze spending and extend unemployment benefits. craig, so much for investors to consider if they are at work this week. housing in particular, a strong point, does that do enough to offset the worries we've seen about retail sales weakness? >
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 9:00am EST
currency. >> wolfgang, forgive me for interrupting you, we have breaking news on the fiscal cliff we need to go to washington. eamon? >> we know now that the president has spoken to all four leaders, according to some wire reports that we are getting, the president called all of the congressional leaders, democrat and republican and what the white house is telling me, i just want to read you this statement now from the white house that i just got. late yesterday from hawaii, the president made separate calls to leader reid, speaker boehner, leader mcconnell and leader pelosi to receive an update on the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations. that's all the information that we have. we don't know what those leaders spoke about with the president during those call bus i would say just parsing the words here a little bit of this statement, to receive an update does not sound like the president was somehow calling them to issue an new offer or to force some kind of a deal to a head. it sounds like he was checking in with those leaders to find out what's going on or what might be possible at this point. we are working on getting you more information on exactly what was said on those calls just yesterday from hawaii, guys. >> eamon, thank you for keeping us up to date, the view from d.c. let's j
MSNBC
Dec 27, 2012 1:00pm PST
tomorrow to try to push this thing through to avert the fiscal cliff. the white house says as of this moment there is no meeting scheduled for tomorrow. we sort of remained where we were when the president first arrived here. in the eyes of the white house it's in the hands of the republicans at the capital, up to mitch mcconnell not to filibuster a bill already there and up to john boehner to allow a vote in the house. >> peter, publicly obviously we're seeing a lot of back and fort between republicans and democrats, but privately what are you hearing from the white house from your contacts in terms of any type of enthusiasm that they think there may be or hope that there could be possibly some way to avert this cliff? >> reporter: acknowledging at this point we're pretty much reading tea leaves. in the conversations i've had, they're saying they're neither optimistic nor pessimistic. they say they'd like to get this done. their conditions haven't really changed. they feel like they've made the necessary concessions to this point, but they acknowledge the potential for republica
MSNBC
Dec 27, 2012 11:00am PST
washington with five days to keep the country from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. president obama in d.c. a few hours ago after scrapping the rest of the holiday vacation in hawaii. before his departure, the president called all four congressional leaders, reid, mcconnell, boehner and pelosi. now fiery words after reid hit boehner with volley after volley from the senate floor earlier today. >> if we go over the cliff and it looks like that's where we're headed, mr. president, the house of representatives as we speak with four days after today aren't here with the speaker having told them they'll have 48-hours notice. i can't imagine their conscie e consciences. >> speaker boehner's office responding with a terse statement saying in part, quote, senator reid should talk less and legislate more. the house already passed legislation to avoid the entire fiscal cliff. senate democrats have not. joining me now from d.c. nbc news white house correspondent peter alexander. peter, there was word the last hour that the president may have sent some sort of deal. the white house then turning around saying that's not true at all. where was the confusion? >> reporter: well, you hear the frosty statements back and forth as you just indicated there,
FOX News
Dec 27, 2012 8:00am PST
vacation in hawaii to deal with the fiscal cliff issues. air force one touched down a short while ago at andrews air force base in maryland. we're learning now the president has resumed talking with congressional leaders about trying to solve this crisis that lies just a few days ahead. molly henneberg keeping an eye on that live from the white house. molly? >> reporter: hi, jon, yes. president obama spoke to the top republican and the top democrat in both the house and the senate when he was in hawaii before flying back here to washington. still no negotiation sessions have been set, at least not publicly, not formally. the president cut short his vacation, he left his wife and daughters there in hawaii and flew back here to washington to be here at the white house for any last minute meetings on the fiscalcliff. the vice president is scheduled to be here at the white house for meetings as well. over in congress the senate is in session, the first time either the house or senate has been in session for legislative business between christmas and new year's since 1970. and this morning the top senate democrat, harry reid, chided the top house republican, speaker john boehner, for not calling house legi
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 9:00am PST
automatic spending cuts and the tax increases that make up the fiscal cliff, they're set to take effect in just five days. much more on the fiscal cliff crisis, the effort to reach some kind of agreement later this hour. we're going go live to capitol hill for the latest as the senate returns to work. that is coming up in about 20 minutes. >>> and president obama's going to have another cabinet position to fill for the new year. we learned a short time ago apa lisa jackson is stepping down after the president's state of the union speech in january. jackson starting with the agency as a staff level scientist back in 1987. during her tenure as administrator she tackled pollution problems in poor community communities. oil drilling and coal regulations. all those things on her plate. jackson said she is confident epa is headed in the right direction. >>> winter storm causing some real headaches. millions of folks in the mid-atlantic states, we're looking at heavy snow, torrential rain, strong winds, dangerous travel conditions from here, washington, d.c., all the way to maine. snowfall is
FOX
Dec 27, 2012 7:00am PST
about the fiscal cliff. senate majority leader this morning said it looks like that is where we are headed, certainly investors don't like to hear that. the white house has said that the president has made separate calls to congressional leaders as he heads back to dc to try to deal with the deadline. >>> this morning the labor department reported a better than expected report on the number of jobless claims, 350,000 people filed for first time unemployment benefits last week. that's down 12,000 from the week before. most economists expect that to hold steady from the week before but they warn that decline may be blown up because government offices were closed monday and tuesday. >>> and more sign that the economy is improving. the commerce department said sales of new homes rose 4.4% in november. americans bought new homes at the fastest pace in more than two and a half years. they said demand was up more than 15% from a year ago. >>> consumer confidence has fallen because people are so worried about that fiscal cliff. the index has hit the lowest level since august. the concern is over tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect january 1st if the white house and congress can't reach a deal. >> toyota is f
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 6:00am EST
ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations making it harder to forecast what revenue and tax spending will be next year. >>> the journal says right here the white house and congressional leaders have shown no signs of progress in the senate or elsewhere. and then, you know, i don't think we've run this bite enough. >> tim geithner told steve liesman. >> i have it ready. >> that he is we should show it multiple times. >> tt is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff? >> oh, absolutely. there's no prospect to an agreement that doesn't involve those rates going up on the top 2% of the wealthiest -- remember, it's only 2%. and all of those americans get a tax cut on the framework of the first $250,000 of their income. >> yeah, yeah, you still get the 250, andrew. they love that. what does oh, absolutely mean, bob? >> maybe it means his favorite movie was "rebel without a cause." >> go the. >> i guess it's letting the other side know you're willing to go eyeball to eyeball with something that is terrible. >> i see both sides pretending to say, yeah, we're doing all we can, but it's almost just like this -- like boehner just said, hey, you guys, you happen, in the d
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